RIP Eric Ward #URLwire www. Pioneer link building expert

The search industry lost a legend. Eric Ward link building pioneer and search industry expert who taught all of us  died Monday, October 16. He was only 58 years old.

They buried Eric and I just wanted to share some personal memories about the man who was a true www pioneer with outstanding morals and sense of purpose who generously helped everyone including me.

Eric was just a superb human being! and  if you read the information below and aren’t familiar with who he was you’ll begin to understand the enormous impact he had on the net. He was a mensch.

Eric looked out for me aka the Educational CyberPlayGround, Inc. by looking out for another www pioneer named Gleason Sackmann the originator of Nethappenings  Newsletter TM ©1989  and other mailing lists that he managed from Jan. 1993 to 2004. Eric knew Gleason’s work and used to post his own URLwire K12 news to Gleason’s Lists.

Gleason also published announcements of brand new K12 school websites in the US. Folks sent that website information to Gleason who now had a list of the first K-12 websites ever built in America known as the  “K12 Hotlist of Schools” ©1993 which was an online public #folklife project built by the nation and is now in it’s <3rd life> published using open source code on the

Gleason was another mensch. He was an  mailing list builder and retired in 2004. At that time he asked me to take over the database and his mailing Lists. I talked with Eric about this whole transition and he was very supportive and offered his encouragement and advice. He even gave the domain to me – having thought to buy it a long time  before  Gleason retired in order to protect  it – for Gleason’s sake. Talk about foresight, and generosity of spirit!!  Ever heard of anyone doing that for someone else? No you haven’t. That is the kind of man Eric was – He did that.

First to wire North Dakota’s K-16 schools to the internet #10 on Newsweek’s prestigious List of “50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet.” Newsweek, Dec 25, 1995 / Jan. 1, 1996

  • In 1994, we did not include wireless in the prescription for the infrastructure. Most of the work that I know about was done by Gleason Sackman who wired the K12 Schools in North Dakota and Dave Hughes (Crystal Radio Sets / Ham Radios) , who was supported by the National Science Foundation and was started and finished after this initial document was done. And the School systems applying for the Erate, may need the ability to use wireless for a variety of reasons.
  • 1992-1996 Top of the page Net Scout Project, InterNIC and UW-Madison Department of Computer Sciences
  • 1998 awarded SIG/Tel Educational Telecomputing Outstanding Service Award.
  • Began listening to shortwave broadcasts in 1956.

Memories of Eric:

Years and years ago Eric and I spoke about the way things were going after he refused to allow google to buy him out. He questioned that decision, and it worried him.

I’m glad he didn’t sell out. He was the one who always preached to site developers to link to what is best for people NOT for a machine and certainly not just for the sake of profit!

Remember the google statement “Do No Evil”?  Turns out it was Eric who had principles. He didn’t want google to be evil or have any racist machine algo be in control of  what Americans read, learned, and then believed  just for (insert name here) profit!

To Big to Nail? To Big To Jail? Do no evil – yea sure .. SHAME  on Russian Emigrant Sergi Brin whose net worth was $37.9 billion in 2016, and as well all know the Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. officials say

Eric Ward was THE example of a straight up guy and what we wish SEA search engine behavior was about.

All the lawyers and lobbyists the SE’s money have down in Washington trying to  worm they traitorous ways out of the trouble they have caused  Americans won’t change how their racist lousy algos distorted the election and promoted fake news.  Sergi, Jack, Zuck et al all have the data that shows what happened! They have been active participants in Moscow’s information warfare against the United States.

We need to have laws to reign them in,  tax them,  control what are allowed to accept for advertising money,  force them to turn over the election data they have right now and get judges to jail them.

A free internet doesn’t mean free to make more money being evil. There are consequences in this world for that.

Eric Ward a www pioneer was a man among men, the man who wouldn’t sell out and should have been in charge of the ways search engines at #alphabet #facebook #google #twitter #youtube #linkedin  etal conducted themselves.
Trump defends tweets as key to White House victory

Eric’s passing is heart breaking for all of us who have been  building websites for over 25 years under the tyrannical thumb of machines owned by Sergi Brinn et al. since 1998.

RIP Eric Ward, he was a true man of the net and in all ways that he conducted his business and  his life. I’m proud to have known him and shared time with him on this journey.


Eric Ward says “NetHappenings and K12 Newsletters is designed to reach the educational marketplace, thus reaching administrators, principals, and teachers at a great price!”

Search community mourns loss of veteran link builder Eric Ward

April 6 1997 URL Wire first recorded in the wayback machine
” My contacts know me, trust me, and cover the Web related news I send them. Like I have been since 1994.”

Online since 1991 Educational CyberPlayGround®  launched on July 9, 1998 recorded by the wayback machine in 1999.

©The Hot list of Schools online was the  first list of  the K12 schools URL’s  made in the United States. It started in 1993. Folks  sent their URL info to Gleason who announced it on his NetHappenings mailing list the first and oldest K-12 Mailing list in the world started in 1989.

Example:  Arbor Heights Elementary in Seattle, Washington was either the 9th or 10th elementary school with a web site in the world and started August 14, 1996

I launched the Hotlist database  on the Educational CyberPlayGround July 9, 1998. This was the first one in the United States up online. It is a public folklore project and K12 Internet History. giving everyone the ability to search and find a school’s website or if they even had one! Since then folks have kept submitting their school info and urls to me. And believe it or not every submission was checked for accuracy by me.

Announcing a New Web Source editors, writers, and reporters can contact me.It’s been 20 years and we needed to get things up to speed so and the project has morphed again using open source Linux and Drupal.  We thought it best to migrate everything to a new home and the first Hot List of Schools online list has now become the  ©The Hot list of Schools online but there is still a lot left to do.

Eric was a legend part of the net DNA so Raise a Glass:

I think he would have been the first one I told about this project when I was ready… but it’s too late. With his Library and Information Systems / White hat background, I know he would have loved to know this nethappening is still alive!

Everybody Sing: Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone.
 Joni Mitchell

The search industry has lost a legend. Eric Ward, who many knew as the link building pioneer “Link Moses” and taught so much to so many, died Monday, October 16 2017. He was 58 years old.  Ward was, in my mind (and the minds of many in this industry) synonymous with link building. For many, he was the expert in all things link building. ~ Danny Goodman

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Ads are evading new Facebook rules against crypto currencies, and ICOs

Ads are evading new Facebook rules by misspelling them. ” Facebook hasn’t figured out something that spammers have been doing for the last two decades? Zuuuckerberg is supposed to be smart right? He’s got to know what everybody else already knows– right?

BlTC0lN with L and Zeros is Hilarious!

The perfect storm

  • protect privacy
  • freedom of speech vs. censorship / censorchip
  • artificial intelligence – the algo vs. hiring people

Spam leveraging the unicode confusables has gotten fun right? Next, explore the Math, Greek and Russian character sets for vertical bars and lowercase-i lookalikes, *alone*

Seriously, wait until you/bitcoiners discover the world of homoglyphs that are offered via UTF-8 using

The Solution?

Zuckerberg doesn’t need “Artificial” Intelligence. He needs Human Intelligence. He needs to hire people to look for the ads to know what is bogus. Oh wait !! we remember… he had people doing that and it ruined everything. Not only did he have to pay people but they caught these things which ruined Zuckerberg’s money. He is paid by these  same advertisers the people were catching.

So …. there is no kind of intelligence needed because none of that will fix greed!

Facebook is going to die. Algo’s and people have never solved the problem of GREED.

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U.S. named #1 for hiding illegal Money


The Financial Secrecy Index for 2018 names the United States the 2nd worst country for facilitating financial secrecy and illicit money flows, just behind Switzerland.

The accompanying report from the Tax Justice Network on the U.S. specifically calls out the state of Delaware, noting the following:

“The U.S. provides a wide array of secrecy and tax-free facilities for non-residents, both at a Federal level and at the level of individual states. Many of the main Federal-level facilities were originally crafted with official tolerance or approval, in some cases to help with the U.S. balance of payments difficulties during the Vietnam War; however some facilities – such as tolerance by states like Delaware or Nevada of highly secretive anonymous shell companies – are more the fruit of a race to the bottom between individual states on standards of disclosure and transparency.”

Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton  has tens of millions of dollars in family net worth tied to a Delaware company specializing in providing secrecy to corporate entities.

The International Banking Facility mechanism  introduced in 1981  “allowed banks in the U.S.A., which had previously needed to go offshore (particularly to London) to get around domestic financial regulations, to keep a separate set of books that effectively allowed them to obtain these exemptions while remaining at home.

The Tax Justice Network shows the problems go far beyond tax. In providing secrecy, the offshore world corrupts and distorts markets and investments, shaping them in ways that have nothing to do with efficiency.

The secrecy world creates a criminogenic hothouse for multiple evils including fraud, tax cheating, escape from financial regulations, embezzlement, insider dealing, bribery, money laundering, and plenty more. It provides multiple ways for insiders to extract wealth at the expense of societies, creating political impunity and undermining the healthy ‘no taxation without representation’ bargain that has underpinned the growth of accountable modern nation states.”

Delaware, Wyoming and Nevada are the leaders in offshore secret incorporations.

“Here is how it works. A wealthy Ukrainian, say, sets up a Delaware shell company using a local company formation agent. That Delaware agent will provide nominee officers and directors (typically lawyers) to serve as fronts for the real owners, and their details and photocopies of their passports can be made public but that gets you no closer to who the genuine Ukrainian owner of that company is: if the nominees are lawyers they are bound by attorney-client privilege not to reveal the information (if they even have it: the owner of that shell company may be another secretive shell company or trust somewhere else). The company can run millions through its bank account but nobody – whether domestic or foreign law enforcement – can crack through that form of secrecy in any efficient or effective way. In the words of Dennis Lormel, the first chief of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section and a retired 28-year Bureau veteran, ‘Terrorists, organized crime groups, and pariah states need access to the international banking system. Shell firms are how they get it.’”

I remember when the CEO of Diebold sent Bush a letter in 2003 saying that he was committed to “helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President.” These machines have been easy to hack for 20 years. We need paper ballots.




Election Voter Education for Americans Election Education and Fraud

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The Handy Dandy Security Cheat Sheet

The following resources should help you
with computer, internet and
health related security problems.


I’ve been online since 1991 and can tell you the net was never built with security in mind.  Things were great back then: people were nice, the atmosphere was kind and folks were pursing knowledge and the potential of the net to make knowledge free in the world.  This was a grand and noble experiment until commerce was allowed online around 1994 when security became an issue.

There is no such thing as internet or computer security.

Nothing is “secure” online.

Everything can be hacked.

SECURITY: We now know that states have superseded hackers as the internet’s apex predator!

Definition of Security –  “The Person In Charge Of Being The House Illusionist”

“Like all rights and privileges, security is about power.  Who gets it, who doles it out and what interests it protects.

More than 50% of all businesses were hacked last year.
There are several ways your computer and websites will compromise your  security.

Every computer in the world is insecure thanks to the intel chip that caused the Meltdown and spectre vulnerability.
#microsoft issues out-of-band fix for #intel’s broken #spectre patch. second unscheduled update of the month for redmond #cybersecurity #infosec
Microsoft has been forced to issue an out-of-band patch to fix problems caused by a buggy Intel update for one of the Spectre vulnerabilities disclosed

Chip makers confess that every computer in the world is at cyber risk!
MELTDOWN and SPECTRE  U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer.

I for sure, definitely know all about bitcoins

Bitconnect Class Action Suit Filed Today.1/29/18
If we put court filings on a #blockchain can we smart contract ICO lawsuits to begin right after the crowdsale?  Payouts are automatic, so we can go from start to finish in just a few blocks. @blockchain

How not to be a victim
The most effective way to not get robbed is obfuscation: Do not let others know you have that much money. Applies to both crypto and traditional wealth. If you don’t obfuscate, even being Li Ka-Shing’s son won’t protect you.

IOT The Internet of Things is really the internet of shit!
What your gps gadgets are beaming about you!
Strava heat map forces all to look at risks of big data analytics. It goes well beyond fitness trackers. Security and OPSEC need to be considered in our new reality. “It’s really clear that that heat map is a security risk.”



EMAIL: Please learn to use the BCC field.  Never paste all your friends email addresses into the TO: ___________ FIELDonly 1 person goes there
put all the rest – 3oo or however many other people you are spamming  in the

 BCC: _____________ Field
Like this so that it doesn’t go into everybody elses’ contact list which protects everyone from getting spamedBCC:,,, xxx@hotmail,


Privacy is a necessary condition to save your life!
How Together Bush, Hitler & Watson @IBM Computers Changed the World

Privacy is autonomy!
Privacy is liberty!
Privacy is a necessary condition to save your life!  
How to erase your online history

Remember they own the land and you are the serf. They make money off of you posting content about yourself that they track and sell to advertisers. There is nothing good there for you or your kids or grandkids.

MEDIA LITERACY and the Trust Deficit:   A lack of trust for business and government is “contagious”  and spreading to other sectors.

So many people visited fact-checking website  PolitiFact during the State of the Union, it crashed halfway through the speech because so many people were checking for the truth.
PolitiFact is a nonpartisan website run by reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, and going into the State of the Union, they fact-checked Trump 498 times, finding that only 4 percent of those statements were “true,” 33 percent were “false,” and 15 percent were “pants on fire.” When its servers crashed about 40 minutes into the State of the Union, PolitiFact kept going, just on Twitter. The site was only down about six minutes, and made it through the rest of the speech unscathed. Catherine Garcia

We have is how to protect Democracy from Fake News. The most powerfuL social media companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google made <yuge> money displaying Fake News advertising that changed the outcome of the election.

The DNC’s New Chief Security Officer  Bob Lord  —a brand new position, created after they were  hacked by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. Lord was responsible for detecting two massive data breaches [ OVER 3 BILLION ] that occurred prior to his arrival at Yahoo, and worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to track down those responsible.





Identity Theft

Have you been pwned?
Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach.

Identity Theft Recovery Steps 

Thanks to Equifax  Data Breach: what exactly can you do?

Your tax return might get hacked: thanks to the  Equifax Breach Fallout

Find out just how easy it is to get your SSN 
must register to look through this one Social Security Death Master File, free, sorted by birthday and by number. Dick Eastman runs this privately owned geneology website using a purchased copy of the Social Security Death Master File.

At 65 you are asked to interact with the government to set up your SSN & medicare accounts. My advice is DO NOT to do this online, but go down to their building and get it done there. Their computers are hardwired into the database. They aren’t going on the internet !!!! What’s good for the goose …..


Your own computer / web browser may not be secure enough to stop bots from seizing the info you are typing into the gov’t secure website and it all can be stolen.
Make sure you take care of deleting all that personal information about you that is in the all the public databases.

Start with – Get a free encrypted email from and use it for this purpose.

When done delete the account. You can always get another one again.People can and do buy this information and use it to get your SSN check before you do unless you have already signed up.

Remove Yourself from All Background Check Web Sites: A Master List

— A friend of mine got the letter from the gov’t telling him to register on line  to have his SS check sent. He turned 70 and that is the law. He tried to use the website to complete the job but go too frustrated. It is a lousy user experience so he just blew it off. He never went to the office to get the job done either. Long story short: someone (or a bot) goes into a public database and sees he is 70 and for 10.oo buys all the info you need to file for his SSN account and gets his money AND then the gov’t sends a letter he reads asking how happy he must be now that he’s got a years worth of SS$ in his pocket. Only thing is he never got it and reports that so NOW he HAS TO GO IN  to the office to file to get them to send him the money (we the tax payer just eats it) and by the time the paperwork goes through a totally different check for the next year was already sent to a different thief. !!! AGAIN

Ho to Remove yourself from the net.

How to Prepare for the future of digital extortion.
Digital extortion has evolved into the most successful criminal business model in the current threat landscape, and Trend Micro researchers predict that it will continue to grow rampant because it’s cheap, easy to commit, and many times the victims pay.


Do you want every Insurance Company to know all your previous conditions before you even think to go to one of them for a quote?

There is no such thing as internet or computer security. Nothing is “secure” online. Everything can be hacked.

Don’t give your Doctor’s office or Hosptial your driver’s license to be scanned. They can’t be trusted to guard your information from identity fraudsters who get access. If they choose not to treat you without surrending this information just leave and go somewhere else.

Want to know your DNA? Do NOT use 23&me is a group of online professionals who are committed to exposing corporate wrongdoing and giving consumers the tools they need to fight back. We’ve been reporting on the legal space for nearly a decade and have built relationships with class action and mass tort attorneys across the country.

Medical Marijuana is legal in PA

If you want to buy anything for pain that is made from the CBDs in Cannibus that is legal in any state in America and can be bought online.

#1 register for program
#2 get physician’s cert that you suffer from one of the 17 conditions
#3 complete registration by paying for the medical marijuana ID card
#4 visit dispensary

You should create your patient profile before obtaining a patient certification. However, to complete registration you will need a patient certification from an approved practitioner.  Bring proof of Pennsylvania residency in the form of a Pennsylvania driver’s license or a Pennsylvania state issued identification card with their current address. The fee for the card is $50.
Individuals providing evidence that they participate in the following government programs may qualify for a discounted medical marijuana ID card:

Keystone Dispensaries 420 West Lancaster Ave  Devon
ChesterGrassroots Cannabis 130 South State Rd. Upper Darby
Deleware Ilera Healthcare 420 Plymouth Rd Plymouth Meeting
David Tabby DO – Neurology 301 East City Ave suite 325 Bala Cynwyd
Sara Tabby MD – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitatioin 555 East City Ave, Suite 400 Bala Cynwyd
Mark Avart DO2 Bala Plaza Suite IL-1 Bala Cynwyd

The Act defines a “serious medical condition” as any one of the following:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Autism.Cancer. Crohn’s Disease. Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity. Epilepsy.Glaucoma.HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) / AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Huntington’s Disease.Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Intractable Seizures. Multiple Sclerosis. Neuropathies.Parkinson’s Disease. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. Sickle Cell Anemia.

Medical Device Security

Always guard yourself in the hospital from any machine connected to the internet / intranet and you.

Think to ask if they have had all the programs updated and asked if the hospital equipment was hacked.

This goes for anything they put into your body during surgery that is connected also like heart stuff.

*1) Ask your manufacturers if they have a disclosure policy when **a vulnerability is found.

Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
FDA outlines cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers
New draft guidance addresses postmarket management of cybersecurity vulnerabilities


RIP Medical Debt is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity established in 2014 to locate, purchase and forgive unpaid and unpayable medical debt. Funded by small and large donations from people and organizations, RIP buys medical debt and then abolishes it.

RIP was founded to abolish medical debt for anyone in America, strangers helping strangers. We then began to forgive medical debt for veterans. As funding allows, we are evolving a capacity to forgive medical debt for communities, and eventually for individuals.

John Oliver live on HBO gave RIP $15 million in medical debt to forgive for 9,000 Americans! Watch the clip.


Get Help

  • Are you struggling to pay your medical bills?
  • Are debt collectors calling you day and night?
  • Is keeping up with your medical bills putting a financial and emotional strain on you and your family?
  • Are you taking on more credit card debt or seeking loans in order to pay your doctor or hospital bills?
  • Do you avoid getting needed medical treatment because of unpaid medical debt?
  • Is your credit rating being ruined by medical debt?

RIP might be able to help, IF…

Did you answer “yes” to any or all of the questions above? If RIP can somehow locate your debt in the database “portfolios” we access, and if we are able to buy that debt, then we might be able to help. Stringent financial standards must be met, and there is no guarantee a physician, hospital or other creditor will meet our terms for purchasing any debt we do locate.

Knowing the wait may be long and we can make no promises, if you think it’s worth a shot:
Register for Debt Forgiveness.



Overview of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 

Medicare Sign UP

Look into Long Term Health Care from a non profit! I do not have any relationship with Quaker Friends life Care   215-646-0720  in Bluebell PA
You do not need to be a Quaker to buy from  them.  Also see  they provide certified nursing assistants or home care aides selected by your Care Coordinator based on your needs and preferences. Can provide members with care 24 hours a day in their own home.  No claims to file or reimbursements to wait for. You have no waiting period to access care.

Find a Nursing Home you can pull up individual inspections and lists of detailed citations. If the nursing home is a non-profit, you can find the tax return for the “owner” on

Medications that you need but can’t find


Health-care providers and insurers have to agree on how much doctors will be reimbursed before doctors begin treating insurers’ clients. Those fees, which depend on the two parties’ relative clout.

Coverage Expansion, Accountable Care & More
A survey of the numbers, published in Health Affairs January 2017

Market Share Matters: Evidence Of Insurer And Provider Bargaining Over Prices

Who owns your medical records
In the past year, more than 100 million Americans have had their electronic medical records hacked from health systems. For example, this June, Banner Health in Phoenix had a breach of 3.7 million electronic medical records. Many hospitals throughout the country have been held hostage for their health information system by hackers and have had to pay ransom to regain control of their patients’ medical data.
Each one can be sold for $50. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was written 20 years ago, when medical records were kept on paper, and is not applicable to the contemporary digital era. Moreover, the pervasive selling of our medical data is unchecked, with no legal protection. The massive hacking of health system data has not resulted in any new legislation to date or enforcement via established laws.

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered,
and It Is Not What You Think the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.

Personalized medicine for brain health: From treating the illness to treating the individual

SURGEON SCORECARD  analyzed nearly 17,000 surgeons and found wide variations in complication rates for some of the most routine elective procedures. Explore our database to know more about a surgeon before your operation.

What Experts Are Saying About Surgeon Scorecard


The Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD) national readmission rates for all payers and the uninsured.



New ‘dashboard’ shows high cost of Medicare drugs 

MEDICARE DRUG SPENDING DASHBOARD 2015 – needs flash to work
The new dashboard allows users to compare spending on 80 drugs that have cost Medicare significant amounts of money in 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which released the dashboard, says it is trying to increase transparency around drug prices amid rising scrutiny. CMS Drug Spending Dashboards Inquiries regarding this data can be sent to DrugList    —

CMS Drug Spending

Medicare Provider Utilization & Payment Data

How Safe Is Your Hospital

Hospitals Fail Medicare Rankings

How does your hospital decide what they charge?

Best Hospitals  “You need to pay attention to both cost and quality.”

The study  Cross REFERENCE DOI link:  The academic journal PLOS One, shows “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region.
The study did not disclose which hospitals had which results. Under the terms of the agreement to receive the data, the researchers agreed to keep the identities of the hospitals confidential.While factors like the health and income of a hospital’s patients contribute to its performance, Dr. Rosenberg emphasized that a large part is played by factors like the skill of the physicians and nurses, the culture at the hospital and how they chose to treat a given illness. “There is this other half of the story,” he said.Hospitals that treated a high volume of cases were generally more successful than those that treated a low volume, but there were exceptions, Dr. Rosenberg said.

*****five-star rating system for home health agencies

Social Security Disability Benefits

Hospital Billing Varies Wildly, Government Data Shows
A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945. In Saint Augustine, Fla., one hospital typically billed nearly $40,000 to remove a gallbladder using minimally invasive surgery, while one in Orange Park, Fla., charged $91,000. In one hospital in Dallas, the average bill for treating simple pneumonia was $14,610, while another there charged over $38,000. Data being released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, raising questions about how hospitals determine prices and why they differ so widely. The data for 3,300 hospitals, released by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, shows wide variations not only regionally but among hospitals in the same area or city.

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier

Data Explorer
The data explorer tool allows you to view different datasets and create visualizations such as charts and graphs to get an in-depth look at the data applicable manufacturers and GPOs have submitted about payments and transfers of value they’ve made to physicians and teaching hospitals.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors

Much Industry Money Goes to Doctors and Teaching Hospitals Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

Government health care website quietly sharing personal data
HIPPA VIOLATION: #ObamaCare website sends your age, income level, pregnancy status etc. to advertising companies

Has Your Health Professional Received Drug Company Money?

Vying for Market Share, Companies Heavily Promote ‘Me Too’ Drugs
Our comprehensive analysis of drug company spending on doctors in the last five months of 2013 shows the most-promoted products typically were not cures, breakthroughs or top sellers.

Hospital Billing – Doctor Billing Open Payments look up your doctor’s charges

Hospital billing varies wildly US data shows
A hospital in Livingston, N.J., charged $70,712 on average to implant a pacemaker, while a hospital in nearby Rahway, N.J., charged $101,945. In Saint Augustine, Fla., one hospital typically billed nearly $40,000 to remove a gallbladder using minimally invasive surgery, while one in Orange Park, Fla., charged $91,000. In one hospital in Dallas, the average bill for treating simple pneumonia was $14,610, while another there charged over $38,000. Data being released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, raising questions about how hospitals determine prices and why they differ so widely. The data for 3,300 hospitals, released by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, shows wide variations not only regionally but among hospitals in the same area or city. < – >

Why Pharma Payments to Doctors Were So Hard to Parse By ProPublica @ProPublica

Government Releases Massive Trove of Data on Doctors’ Prescribing Patterns
The move follows a ProPublica investigation showing that Medicare did little to find dangerous prescribing by doctors to seniors and the disabled. It is also part of the government’s new push to bring transparency to taxpayer-supported medical care.

Prescriptions by State
Owning a Cat Does Not Lead To Mental Illness, Study Finds
THE VERGE said it might.

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The case to sue Trump for violating the emoluments clause will be decided now

Important to remind all that no court has ever found that Trump has not violated the emoluments clause, only that no one has the standing to sue him for doing that. Which is what this hearing is about.

The 1st of 3 lawsuits Trump is facing over his blatant violation of the Emoluments Clase beings this week.Regardless of what happens with these cases, the decision that might matter most will be made in the voting booth.

If Democrats win the House of Senate, they would be able to investigate the issues.



Errant court filing suggests feds had informant at Manafort firm

Court document indicates someone at Manafort’s firm was an informant: report

A document that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s attorneys appear to have accidentally filed in court Wednesday suggests that federal investigators had an informant inside Manafort’s consulting firm who provided information about his financial dealings.

The one-page memo submitted along with a routine scheduling motion seems to have been prepared by a defense lawyer or investigator trying to assemble information that could support a claim by Manafort’s defense of improper contacts between the prosecution team — now headed by special counsel Robert Mueller — and the media. The document, titled “DOJ, OSC and the Press,” says that a reporter appeared to have obtained access to internal documents from the firm Manafort founded, Davis Manafort Partners International.

The memo indicates that an affidavit for a seizure warrant obtained by prosecutors on the same day Manafort was indicted in October says that a Davis Manafort staffer acknowledged allowing a journalist to look at the firm’s digital records.

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